Subaru is rumoured to be working on an all-new hot hatch as the Japanese brand eyes a return to the World Rally Championship after 10 years out of the series.
The rumours are swirling in Japan, with local publication Response reporting a "scoop" that Subaru is looking to counter its dropping awareness in Europe with a return to the main rally stage in 2020.
In order to do that, though, it would need wheels to enter, and that would mean a new Toyota Yaris GRM-sized hot hatch that could be transformed into a rally car.
The site points to the brand's Subaru Viziv Performance Concept, revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017, as the inspiration for a new Fiesta ST-rivalling hot hatch. That car, though, was actually bigger than the WRX (measuring 4630mm long, 1950mm wide and 1430mm tall).
There's been plenty of encouragement for Subaru, once a force in rallying, to return to the WRC. Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has reportedly been privately urging his fellow Japanese manufacturer to make a return to racing, while Japanese websites are reporting that Subaru's own bosses consider a return to rally the quickest way to put the brand back on the European map.
One fairly sizeable caveat, though; this is mere whisper and rumour at this point, so there's no guarantees. But we can hope, right?
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